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Friday, July 21, 2017

Another Tongkat Ali coffee product recalled in the US

Bestherbs Coffee is voluntarily recalling its product due to undeclared ingredients including desmethyl carbodenafil, which is structurally similar to the active ingredient in Viagra

PETALING JAYA - A company in Texas is recalling its “New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee” after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voiced concern over the presence of Tongkat Ali in the ingredients.

The Washington Post reported that Bestherbs Coffee was voluntarily recalling all batches sold between July 2014 and June 2016 due to undeclared ingredients including desmethyl carbodenafil, which is structurally similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra.

Although Viagra is an FDA-approved prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction, the agency said it was concerned over the potential of desmethyl carbodenafil to lower blood pressure to “dangerous levels”.

In a statement carried by the daily, it also expressed worry over interaction with the substance and nitrates found in prescription drugs like nitroglycerin.

“Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease often take nitrates,” the FDA was reported as saying.

Bestherbs Coffee owner Albert Yee told the Washington Post he expected to receive anywhere between a few hundred to a thousand bags from customers after the recall which began last week.

According to the report, however, both Yee and the FDA said there have been no consumer health issues related to the coffee.

This is not the first time that coffee products containing Tongkat Ali have been recalled.

In May, instant coffee distributer voluntarily recalled its “natural herbal coffee” which purportedly contained Tongkat Ali extract following the reported death of one of its consumers.

The FDA said then that was recalling all lots of its Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee packaged in 25-gramme foil packs.

This followed FDA laboratory analysis that confirmed the presence of sildenafil and tadalafil in the products.

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